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Winter Olympics: Snow delights and disrupts


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2022 Feb 14, 7:13, Beijing
Volunteers clear the course as the start of the women's slopestyle qualification has been delayed due to a weather consition at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Photo: AP

 A sustained, heavy snowfall delighted — and disrupted — the Winter Olympics on Sunday.

Fat flakes fell at all three locations that are hosting the Beijing Games. It wouldn’t normally be that novel to see snow at the Winter Olympics, but China’s capital city and the mountain venues get precious little of the stuff usually, making these the first Winter Games to rely almost entirely on artificial snow.


Emil Iversen, of Norway, right, leads a group of skiers during the men's 4 x 10km relay cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. 
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Emil Iversen, of Norway, right, leads a group of skiers during the men's 4 x 10km relay cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. Photo: AP
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Some events had to be delayed or postponed because of the snowfall, which made visibility poor.

But those unaccustomed to the fairytale flakes reveled in the scene. Games workers dressed in head-to-toe hazmat suits rolled around in the snow that blanketed Beijing. Even the ever-present Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen got in on the action. Someone built a “snowman” to resemble the chubby panda, who is normally depicted encased in ice.

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Workers wearing protective suits play outside with snow at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
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Workers wearing protective suits play outside with snow at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Photo: AP
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